Belmont Sun Hat – FREE Pattern

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Belmont Sun Hat

My daughter loves wearing hats, sometimes multiple hats at once.  Well with the summer coming I knew I would need to come up with a light sun hat pattern.  I wanted one that she could wear that would protect her a bit from the sun but also light enough that I would not worry about her getting to hot.

Well it just so happened that the horse races were on and the ladies…all dressed up and their huge hats with the wide brims that block the sun in the most elegant of ways.  It just seems so regal and so the Belmont Sun Hat was born.

Belmont Sun Hat

One great thing about this pattern is it works up really fast, is really fun and you will get compliments almost anywhere you go!

There are only 3 sizes for this hat – Baby, Toddler and Adult.  It stretches so nicely that there was no need to make all the different sizes. Do not get stressed if you start the hat and it seems a bit small.  When you do the series of CH6  it will continue to increase the size of the hat.

The way I got the brim to stand out like pictured is a 1/16 wire (found at your local hardware store) that I crocheted into the hat during the last row.  But you always have the option of leaving the wire out and make it more of a floppy sun hat, which is also super cute.

*UPDATE* 6/27/2014  This amazing lady messaged me on Raverly screen name: crochetnolgal and suggested that I use Weed Eater Line in place of the Wire and than cut to length and melt together for those who are leery about using the wire!  Just a brilliant idea I promptly tried it out.  More details in the directions.

Belmont Sun Hat

Belmont Sun Hat

Since finishing the hat I have completed a bag to make it a set, check it out HERE 
Complete with a tutorial on how to line the bag! Can be found HERE

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The ‘Belmont’ Sun Hat

3 – 12 months – follow Toddler pattern using a size F Hook, 16 inches finished circumference

Toddler Hat – size G Hook, 18 inches finished circumference

Adult Hat – size H Hook, 19 ½ inches finished circumference

 Belmont

Belmont

 

Materials Needed:

Hook Size: F, G, H
Embroidery Needle
1/16 gauge braided wire
Loop and Thread Yarn – Impeccable
Stitch Marker

Gauge
5 rows is 2 inches
8HDC is 2 inches

Stitch Guide
SS- Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet

All Hat Sizes
3-12 months – Use F hook and follow Toddler directions
Toddler – Use G
4 – Adult – Use H

Magic Circle

  1. CH1, in magic circle SC, 9 HDC
  2. 2HDC in (place marker in first HDC), 2HDC in each of the stitches (20)
  3. 2HDC in marked stitch (place marker in first HDC, continue to move marker with each row), HDC in next 2 stitches *2HDC, HDC in next 2 stitches*, repeat from *to* around, HDC in last (27)
  4. HDC in marked stitch and next, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HDC in next*, repeat from *to* around (34)
  5. HDC in marked stitch and next 2, 2HDC in next *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HDC in next*, repeat from *to* around, HDC in last 2 stitches (42)

Toddler – 12 – 48 months

  1. HDC in marked, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 3 stitches*, repeat from *to* around, SC in last 2 stitches (52)
  2. (A stitch marker is not necessary but I found using one here was very helpful in keeping track of where I was in the row)
    *CH6, skip next 3 stitches, SC in next 2 stitches*, repeat from *to* 8 more times, CH6, skip next 3 stitches, 1SC in next stitch, CH5, skip next 2 stitches, SS in last stitch in row 6
  3. SS in CH6 space, CH1, SC in CH6 space, CH6, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH6*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC. Repeat row 5 more times
  4. SS in CH 6 space, CH1, 1SC in CH6 space, CH4, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH 4* repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  5. CH1, SC in same as joining, 4SC in CH 4 space, *SC in each of the next 2 SC, 4SC in next CH4 space*, join with SS in first SC (65)

Belmont

Belmont

Adult – 4 years – Adult

  1. HDC in marked, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HDC in next*, repeat from *to* around (53)
  2. HDC in marked stitch and next 2 stitches, *2HDC in next, HDC in next 5 stitches*, repeat from *to* around, SC in last 2 stitches (61)
  3. (A stitch marker is not necessary but I found using one here was very helpful in keeping track of where I was in the row)
    *CH6, skip next 3 stitches, SC in next 2 stitches*, repeat from *to* around, in last repeat CH7, skip next 4 stitches, SS in last two stitches in row 7
  4. SS in CH6 space, CH1, SC in CH6 space, CH6, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH6*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC. Repeat row 6 more times
  5. SS in CH 6 space, CH1, 1SC in CH6 space, CH4, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH 4* repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  6. CH1, SC in same as joining, 4SC in CH 4 space, *SC in each of the next 2 SC, 4SC in next CH4 space*, join with SS in first SC (71)

BRIM

Toddler – 12 – 48 months

  1. CH1, FPHDC in same as joining and next, *2FPHDC in next, FPHDC in next 2*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first FPHDC (86)
  2. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, SS in first HDC
  3. CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 2, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 3, 2HDC in next*, repeat from *to* around, HDC in last 2 stitches, SS in first HDC(107)
  4. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, SS in first HDC (107)
  5. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, SS in first HDC (107)
  6. CH1, SC in same as joining, CH6, skip next 3 stitches, *SC in next 2 stitches, CH6, skip next 3 stitches*, repeat from *to* 20 more times, 1SC in next stitch, CH5, skip last 2 stitches, SS in first SC
  7. SS in first CH6 space, CH1, SC in CH6 space, CH7, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH7*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  8. SS in first CH7 space, CH1, SC in CH7 space, CH5, *2SC in next CH7 space, CH5*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  9. CH1, HDC in same as joining, 6HDC in CH5 space, *HDC in next 2 SC, 6HDC in next CH5 space*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first HDC

Adult – 4 years – Adult

  1. CH1, FPHDC in same stitch as joining, FPHDC in next, *2FPHDC in next, FPHDC in next 2 stitches*, repeat form *to* around, SS in first FPHDC (94)
  2. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, SS in first FPHDC
  3. CH1, HDC in same as joining and next 2, 2HDC in next, *HDC in next 3 stitches, 2HDC in next*, HDC in last 2 stitches (117)
  4. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, join with SS in first HDC
  5. CH1, HDC in same as joining and around, join with SS in first HDC
  6. CH1, SC in same as joining, CH6, skip next 3 stitches, *SC in next 2 stitches, CH6*, repeat from *to* around. In last repeat SC in next 2 stitches, CH5, skip last stitch, SS in first SC
  7. SS in first CH6 space, CH1, SC in CH6 space, CH 7, *2SC in next CH6 space, CH7*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  8. SS in first CH7 space, CH1, SC in CH7 space, CH5, *2SC in next CH7 space, CH5*, repeat from *to* around, SS in first SC
  9. CH1, HDC in same as joining, 6HDC in CH5 space, *HDC in next 2 SC, 6HDC in next CH5 space*, repeat from *to* around, join with SS in first HDC

Change Color (optional)

  1. Join with SS in any HDC, CH1. Taking size 1/16 size wire, SC with yarn in same as joining and around covering the wire as you go. Finish off

When adding in the wire I put a small piece of tape to both ends to help keep them from causing injury to anyone who may come in contact with them.

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Belmont

Or if you chose to use the weed eater line

1. You crochet the line into the hat brim, cut the line (make sure to give yourself a little extra) and then frog the row you just crochet and then take it and melt the plastic together then re-crochet the line back into the brim of the hat.  Remember yarn is flammable and it is not recommended trying to melt the plastic line while it is still crocheted in the hat.

One thing I have not tried is different sizes of line.  So I would not be able to tell you for certain whether the  flimsy stuff or a stiffer line is better to use.

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This is the Adult sized pattern

I do not recommend using the wire for young children as injury can occur, I can not be held liable for any injury caused by the wire.

If you do not crochet and would like to purchase the completed hat you can check out my Etsy shop  https://www.etsy.com/listing/193159939/free-pattern-sun-hat-wide-brim-hat?ref=shop_home_active_1 and I would be happy to  make one for you!

This is an original pattern.  Please feel free to sell, gift or donate any items made from this pattern.  If you do sell on a website if you would please provide a link back to the original pattern.  Any profit made from selling or reposting this pattern is stealing.  Please do not re use any of my photos.  Please do not copy this pattern to your page but provide a link back to the original pattern.

Published June 2014, KatiDCreations

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89 thoughts on “Belmont Sun Hat – FREE Pattern

      • Hi, My sister loved this and wanted me to make a black one. I am going to try and use clear tubing from like for fish tanks. It is tubing from a bad connection I had with my dialysis unit…so why not use the good tubing for something..I will let you know how it works out…oh and it hides easily. no wire, no melting…..BONUS!

          • It turned out BEAUTIFUL…If you would like a picture, email me ..Thank you so much for this “my sister calls it” Fresh! Pattern!

          • I would love to see a photo! If you post it on my Facebook page then ‘everyone’ can see it….Katidcreations

        • how did you join the tubing? I have some tubing from my husbands nebulizer and keep thinking I should be able to use it for something instead of just throwing it away.

          • you could try melting the ends together (very, very carefully!) or if you can get a sewing needle through it you could do a few whip stitches to connect it.

          • I made the hat and used weedeater string. The hat is so floppy I can’t wear it. It falls over my face. Do I need a stiffer wire?

          • A stiffer or heavier weed eater string probably would fix that problem

  1. My sister has been asking me to make something like this. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Beautiful! I’ve been looking for a pattern like this. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Very nice! Really want to try it! About how much yarn does it take to complete?

    • If you use the Loops and Thread – Impeccable yarn as I did the Adult sized hat uses around 120 – 140 yards. I have not measured it out exactly.

  4. Wow! It is beautiful. Thanks for the pattern. It looks quite simple. How did you get the hat to hold the shape? I mean, I understand the wire in the brim but the top is what I am talking about.

    • The top part of the hat is really flimsy, in the photo I have a clear plastic bag with air in it to help to show the shape.

  5. I love this hat and cannot wait to make it for my grand-daughter. However I do not recognize the yarn used. Can you give me some details.
    Thank you for the wonderful pattern
    Deva Rose

    • Its Loops and Thread Impeccable yarn, – I got it from Michaels craft store. I like it because it has a nice variety of colors, I have only found 1 knot in the yarn during my time working with it, it is soft and does not get fuzzy easily from my experience.

  6. Thank you so much for the pattern! I have been looking for a free pattern of a hat with the brim that stands out and you did it! I did however want to mention that I saw a similar hat, can’t remember the site right now, and they used hat brim plastic wire with connectors. Thought I would mention it for those wanting something safer for the kids. I’ll try to remember the site and let you know.

  7. this pattern is absolutely fabulous. The way it looks on a child with the really big brim is cute. My thoughts on the adult hat are to extend the brim out at least 4 more rows, extending row 7 a few more times thus giving an adult the same kind of look as the child with the big brim like you saw for your inspiration at the races.

    • That is a great idea. you would just have to adjust the number of CH’s to keep it from curving under and then change the number of stitches in each CH series. Love the idea….

  8. What does “FPHDC” stand for? I know HDC is half double crochet but i don’t know the FP part. Sorry, I’m a beginner.

  9. Aloha Kati I live on a rural island in Hawaii & do not have easy access to all the different type of yarns, can I substitute the type of yarn used in your pattern with worsted weight, sport weight or baby yarn?

    • Let me check the gauge for this pattern – not sure why it is not listed- and I will let you know. but you should be able to use whatever type of yarn you like (for the most part)

  10. just thought I would suggest a different method of joining the wire or plastic cording, in the electrical connector department you should be able to find heat shrink tubing. it is a plastic heat shrink tube, place both ends in sized to fit and it shrinks tight to fit with heat not hot enough to burn anything and should remain secure and covering the ends.

    • Oh wow! Thanks! I will have to check into that next time I’m at the store!

  11. I’m going to do this right a way been looking for just this sort of pattern for years for my daughters

  12. I’m not sure what you mean in your note about copyright. In one sentence early in the paragraph you say that a person can sell what they make, but later on in the same paragraph you say it is stealing. I’m confused. Or are you saying selling the pattern for a profit is stealing? (which I agree with). I don’t want to do the wrong thing. Thank you for clarifying this.

    “Please feel free to sell, gift or donate any items made from this pattern. If you do sell on a website if you would please provide a link back to the original pattern. Any profit made from selling this item is stealing.”

    • Thanks, yes it is intended to address anyone wanting to sell the pattern, or even just reposting the pattern on their site. Feel free to do whatever you would like with the finished product!

  13. Hi
    This is something I always wanted to make. Just a doubt- the yarn mentioned here is wool right. Coz where I stay we get a different kind of yarn for crocheting its rather thin and not bulky

    • The yarn I used is acrylic for this pattern. As long as you get the gauge to work out any yarn (for the most part should work)

  14. I crochet and would like to try this hat pattern. It’s really cute. You talk about this yarn from Michaels. Michaels here closed and have not been able to find your brand. Plus the directions don’t say what the gauge for stitches is. So I am afraid to start and have something either huge or tiny. Could you please find out the stitch gauge? Thanks.

    • Thanks for bring that to my attention. 5 rows is 2 inches and 8HDC is 2 inches

    • There is a website fabric.com that has all kinds & colors of yarn ~ not sure if the yarn used in this particular project is one of them but you can check it out.

      • I will have to check it out! always looking for some pretty yarn to try!

  15. If I want to make this hat for a 5 year old, do I use the toddler pattern or the adult pattern, I think she has a big head, and also can I use bernet handicraft cotton yarn for it?

    • You would need to check gauge with new yarn. If you did a toddler size it may only fit her one season. where an adult size would work for years to come

  16. Love this hat but unable to find “brim lock”. AC Moore and Joann’s have not heard of it. Can u direct me please?

    Thank you
    Sandy

    • I have never used brim lock, it was a suggestion from a fellow reader. I have used the weed eater line and the braided wire, and I have not personally had issues with either nor have I had any complaints from people who have bought them from me.

  17. If you sew you might look for what is call stay tape upsed to add body & form to dress bodices that are sleeveless & formfiting; the tape is usually covered in a cotton tape so you can sew the ends of it together. It’s just an Idea for the brim.

    • Also what if you used a straw type of yarn that comes in colors sorry I don’t know the name of it. And an organza ribbon with a lovely flower on an adult hat

  18. I have made the hat and love it. I found the wire too stiff so I bought 3mm whipper snipper cord which worked very well. For a joint I used a small piece of clear tubing. I have been approached by the cancer support group, and ask if I would make a few hats to lift the spirits of some of the patients. (to date I have made 6) Thank you so very much for the pattern

    • Thats so wonderful! I really do love to hear when finished products help to lift someones spirits! Thanks for sharing!

    • sounds like a great idea. How do you get the tubing to stay on? Heat?

        • thank you Katherine, I meant how do you splice it with the tubing? does it just lock it together?

          • Depending on what you are using I melted the weed eater string together. or if you use a wire you can clamp it together.

  19. This is just awesome and you have it in adult sizes! Loving it! Can’t wait to get started!!!

  20. I just love this hat! simply beautiful.. And the best is it comes in adult sizes! Can’t wait to get started!! Thank you for the free pattern!

  21. I love this hat, and i noticed that after i started working it and getting almost done, the adult size is not quite big enough for what i need.If i wanted to make it bigger in circumference how would i go about doing that?

    • just simply increasing your hook size can get you a larger finished hat.

  22. question for adult size hat. It seems lip is smaller and less firm than toddler size. how can I accomplish same firmness for adult size/young woman.

    Thank you

    • If you would like to increase the brim size, just continue to follow the increase directions until you get the size you would like. Because the brim is larger you will want to put a sturdier weed eater string or even a wire to help hold the shape

  23. Has anyone made this out of cotton thread? Just wondered as the acrylics make me sweat more and I am making hats for a trip to Mexico with my BFF and wanted to make us hats.

    • I have not made it in cotton but think I will be trying it this summer. I think it would be fine, just make sure your gauge is close. I personally would rather it fit a bit snug to begin with because it wont stretch that much and wont shrink back up like acrylic does after it gets wet.

  24. Hi,

    I’m a beginner. I loved the pattern and want to make it for my 1.5 year old daughter. In the magic circle, do you do a slip stitch at the end of every row or just work in circle without closing each round with slip stitch?

    Thanks

    • for this pattern yes, I do Slip Stitch prior to beginning the next row.

  25. Hi I tried this hat in loops n tgread yarn n size 4mm hook, wanted to make the toddler size for my 2 n half years old daughter, the circumference was too small, it could not fit her head( maybe her head is big) so do I use a 4.5 mm or just use 5mm n is there a way to measure the circumference before beginning the brim… I had to loosen the first one I made,, thanks

    • If your gauge is correct then there should be no reason to increase the hook size. That being said depending on if it was really small or just a little, and do you want her to be able to fit into it next summer or not. Are factors to think about when increasing hook size

  26. I am working on the brim, #2 . My pattern says Ch1, HDC in same as joining and around. If this is correct, how are you advancing? It ends with SS in first FPHDC but isn’t that on the row above ? What have I missed? Thanks.

    • It has been a while since I have worked this pattern, but I believe that you increase in the previous row. So you dont necessary need to increase in this row. I may have miss typed when I added the pattern and should just be HDC (not FPHDC), thanks for bringing it to my attention and I will have a look at it soon.

  27. Thanks,

    I’ll see if this helps. I think what is confusing me is “in the same as joining and around” Once I do the CH1, HDC in the first joining I am unsure where the next “joining” is until I reach the end. Crocheting is fairly new to me so I may be misinterpreting it. If you look at it again and have suggestions please let me know. The pattern is really nice.

    • You will work your first HDC in the stitch that you joined the previous row into. Then you will work a HDC in each stitch around. Hopefully this helps a bit

  28. I have just completed this hat and i love the result. I made the hat with cotton with doesnt stretch as much so i made the adult version. It fits my toddler perfectly!!

    I used a simple plastic clothing line for the brim and i melted the and ends together. Perfect! !

    Thanks for this beautifull pattern!

  29. I also use the weed eater string, not as stiff as the wire though! Still, it works

  30. What is the finished circumference of the brim. I’m assuming the 19 inches for the adult hat is the part that fits on the head. I would need the outer brim circumference to know how to how much trimmer line or wire I would need. I live on the beach in Costa Rica and hate hats. Go figure. But this one attracted my attention and I would like to make it to have some protection from the sun. Thank you for sharing the very pretty pattern.

    • The outer brim is close to 45 inches so I could get about 50 so you have a little extra. Also this pattern is written with acrylic yarn, I would really recommend using cotton to keep it cooler

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